N E W S L E T T E R Y O U R H E A L T H I S O U R P R I O R I T Y
E M P O W E R P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y
RELIEF FOR ARTHRITIS, WITHOUT HARMFUL DRUGS
of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. With corticosteroids, you run the risk of cataracts, high blood sugar levels, and bone loss. Luckily, there is a much safer and healthier alternative to treating arthritis: physical therapy. A physical therapist’s main goal when treating arthritis is reducing stress on the joints, increasing strength, and preserving range of motion. Some benefits to working with a physical therapist include: • Stretching/exercise. Light exercises and stretching will help to increase range of motion in the affected areas. • Properposture. Posture work will help to reduce stress on your joints. • Weightcontrol. Yourphysical therapistwillworkwithyou tocontrolyour weight through exercise and diet. Controlling your weight helps to prevent added stress on weight-bearing joints. • Rest. Yourtherapistwillalsorecommendaschedule forrestandsleep to complement your exercises. This helps the body to heal and will hopefully reduce your amount of arthritic inflammation and pain.
Millions of Americans deal with the aches and pains of arthritis on a daily basis. In fact, of the 40 million people in the United States who suffer from this class of diseases, one-third say that it limits their leisure activities and daily tasks. 25% also say they are in chronic, debilitating pain on a daily basis. Whilethereareseveralmedicationsonthemarketthat limitpain,there are none that can treat the physical issue that is occurring within your joints.Fortunately,physical therapycan. Ifyouare looking to findrelief for your arthritis by treating it at the source – without the risks of side effects fromharmfuldrugs–contactEmpowerPhysicalTherapy today. Why isphysical therapybetter thanmedication? A common treatment for arthritis is medication, usually for pain manageability. Your physician may prescribe NSAID pain relievers, corticosteroids, antirheumatic drugs, or antibiotics for your arthritis treatment. Medication is easy - you pop it in your mouth, chase it with water, and your pain subsides shortly afterward. However, they can also cause some unfavorable side effects, and in some cases they can be habit-forming. With NSAIDs, you run the risk
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